Suspended ANC member, Carl Niehaus, has called on all citizens to oppose former President Jacob Zuma’s return to prison.
The fired ANC member and Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) spokesperson, Niehaus, was reacting to the Pretoria High Court decision on Wednesday to have Zuma sent back to prison.
This comes after the high court set aside a decision to place Zuma on medical parole and declared it as unlawful.
The court then ordered correctional services to take Zuma back to prison to resume and complete his 15-month sentence.
Niehaus described the court’s decision as an “injustice at its best” and said Zuma was illegally imprisoned without trial in the first place.
“It’s clear to me now that our courts are fully captured. It’s evident that president Zuma continues to suffer gross injustice at the hands of an unjust system... I see this as a personal vindictive judgment by the notorious Pretoria High Court,” he said.
Niehaus said Wednesday is a sad day for justice and added the judgment must be rejected.
He said this decision would anger many of the people who are in support of Zuma and there would be a strong outrage from the public.
However, Niehaus said he hoped such an outrage would be expressed in a legal and peaceful manner.
The court also declared that the time Zuma was out of jail on medical parole should not be counted for the fulfilment of his sentence of 15 months’ imposed by the Constitutional Court.